Princeton Coach Pete Carril seems hard-pressed to threaten Penn in the Ivy League now that Armond Hill, Barnes Hauptfuhrer and Mickey Steuerer have graduated. Columbia fans who used to leave Francis Levien Gym after the freshman game last year will be sticking around now to cheer on such sophomore stick-outs as Ricky Free, Alton Byrd and Juan Mitchell. Next year, watch out!
Lafayette's 6'9" frosh Charlie Naddaff, who wears size 19� shoes, wrote Piston Bob Lanier, a size 19 himself, to locate a sneaker manufacturer. Lanier turned him on to a company in West Germany and, noting that an order takes six months to fill, sent along two pairs of his own shoes. Shod with pro sneaks, Naddaff joins 12 returnees, including Phil (Loch) Ness, a 58% shooter. Welcoming back four starters from its 18-12 season, Hofstra is the East Coast Conference team to beat.
Providence will struggle to run its string of 20-win seasons to seven. The backcourt is solid with Joey (Sonar) Hassett, a 17-point scorer, but academic woes have benched frontcourtmen Bill Eason and Bob Misevicius, at least for part of the year. South Carolina needs 6'9" freshman center Jim Graziano to be ready right from the start. His reputation indicates that he might be. Seton Hall has a rebounding terror in Glenn Mosley (13.8 a game), but St. John's, with a revamped lineup, will still rule the New York area. With a star in 6'6" Essie Hollis, a potential superstar in 6'6" Greg Sanders and two seasoned guards, St. Bonaventure is the Eastern sleeper.